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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Zeiss Distagon 15mm f2.8
« on: February 10, 2015, 09:52:26 AM »
Don't know really. I generally cosider these lenses too wide. I had the 14 II L myself and it was a compositional nightmare. Too much stuff goes in and you are never enough close to foreground subjects. I eventually sold it because most shots looked the same. For me 21 or even 24mm IS the landscape focal lenght

I have a Rokinon 12mm for the EOS M system, and so it is about 19mm equivalent, and I find that quite an excellent landscape focal length.  17-18mm would probably be perfect, but I don't mind using wider.

Here's another from the Zeiss:

Lead Me to Camelback by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Reviews / Re: Metz Mecablitz 64 AF-1 Flash Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: February 10, 2015, 09:48:55 AM »
I'm not surprised that you liked it. I would certainly own at least one if I could.
The little fill has been around for quite a long time in the Metz world, and I don't know if there are any other that have something similar.

I don't know if it is patented or not, but it is a great feature.  I don't use flashes mounted on the camera very much, but these do a remarkable job with the main unit bounced and the smaller head providing fill.

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Reviews / Re: Metz Mecablitz 64 AF-1 Flash Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: February 10, 2015, 09:47:51 AM »
GN 64 or 60 (600-EX-RT) at 200mm, surely there is practically no difference, whereas I would expect to see a difference from them to the 580 EX II's 58 @ 105mm, it really is the zoom to 200mm that makes these seem as powerful as they are, but it is over a tiny area.

Though neither compare to the Godox/Flashpoint/Bolt et al 360 for power.

I'm not familiar with the Godox.  Is it a battery powered flash unit, or do you need a separate power pack?

You should review them, the Bolt is B&H's version and the newest out (they are all the same thing just re-badged) and I am sure they would like a review or two.

Yes they have a separate battery pack, but it is included and most people working these flashes hard have packs anyway. They are a bit of a different beast to the true on camera flashes, but they really come into their own as a crossover from speedlites to studio strobes.

I'll definitely add them to the potential review list.  B&H would like me to do more of those type reviews anyway (I suspect the margins may be higher).

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: February 09, 2015, 07:42:44 PM »
Where did the color go..  ???

Very nice.  The last image of the series is just stunning!

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Zeiss Distagon 15mm f2.8
« on: February 09, 2015, 03:41:05 PM »
Thanks, everyone.  The sharp, contrasty nature of the 2.8/15mm make it quite the joy to use.

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a few more

Really nice.  Those colors are exquisite.

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Without being too conservative (even though I *am* a Canon user :-)): there's always the possibility to beautify or "improve" something to the worse side :-o

LOL.  This is a great quote...

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Reviews / Re: Metz Mecablitz 64 AF-1 Flash Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: February 09, 2015, 10:22:46 AM »
GN 64 or 60 (600-EX-RT) at 200mm, surely there is practically no difference, whereas I would expect to see a difference from them to the 580 EX II's 58 @ 105mm, it really is the zoom to 200mm that makes these seem as powerful as they are, but it is over a tiny area.

Though neither compare to the Godox/Flashpoint/Bolt et al 360 for power.

I'm not familiar with the Godox.  Is it a battery powered flash unit, or do you need a separate power pack?

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Reviews / Re: Metz Mecablitz 64 AF-1 Flash Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: February 09, 2015, 10:22:02 AM »
GN 64 or 60 (600-EX-RT) at 200mm, surely there is practically no difference, whereas I would expect to see a difference from them to the 580 EX II's 58 @ 105mm, it really is the zoom to 200mm that makes these seem as powerful as they are, but it is over a tiny area.

Though neither compare to the Godox/Flashpoint/Bolt et al 360 for power.

That zoom to 200mm is very nice, as I (like a lot of people) like to use them in conjunction with a 70-200 f/2.8.  I will often use an ND filter to keep the shutter sync speed and then pump up the flashes to match foreground and background lighting.  For example, here is one shot with just a bare 64 AF-1 on camera - 200mm, f/2.8.  I took a comparison shot without the flash firing, and you tell that it's doing a good job even at 200mm.

You are probably right about the different between 60 and 64 GN being marginal, though.  It was noticeable enough from my 580 EXIIs, though, that I made the switch.

P.S.  Lens for these shots is the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 VC - it's a very nice portrait lens.

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Reviews / Re: Metz Mecablitz 64 AF-1 Flash Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: February 09, 2015, 09:26:03 AM »
Here's one more example to show how important have that extra power from a guide number 64 is.  I was shooting into a massive backlight with a family portrait shoot (the sun was just hammering through behind them).  I used two of the Metz units and pumped up the power to frontlight my subjects and get a dramatic result.


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Reviews / Re: Metz Mecablitz 64 AF-1 Flash Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: February 09, 2015, 09:22:06 AM »
Here's a recent fave that I took using the 64 AF-1s to light a wedding shoot in Tucson, Arizona.

Behind Blue Eyes by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Reviews / RØDE SmartLav+ Lavalier Microphone Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: February 09, 2015, 09:19:52 AM »
Hi, everyone.  As many of you know, I do video reviews on YouTube as part of my review process.  I needed a decent lavalier mic solution for getting audio.  I settled on the RØDE SmartLav+.  Here's a review along with a breif video review to show its effectiveness in the field.

Full text review:  http://bit.ly/1Du4QtF
Video Review and Field Test:  http://bit.ly/1zOE2l1

Have any of you used the SmartLav+ (not to be confused with the previous SmarLav that didn't have as good of sound quality)?  What are your thoughts?

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First photo post here, not even made with a Canon camera, the shot is taken with a Fuji FinePix S2000HD. I'm glad I don't use this camera anymore it is good for nothing, I like this shot though.



I once shot up that same street in Jerusalem (2008, I believe).  It was one of my first photos to get Explored on Flickr, so will always be special to me.

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Recently picked up an old Zeiss Planar T* 1.7/50mm.  Still an amazing lens.

Pembroke City Hall, 6 O'Clock by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

I've gotten a number of unique images with it already.  There is just something about it...

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